Author Archives: AstroDan77

Godspeed Little Giant

Images credit: NASA/JPL. “My battery is low and it’s getting dark…” – Opportunity’s final message Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity” (MER-1 or MER-B) launched onto its journey to the Red Planet on a Delta II from Cape Canaveral, Space Launch Complex 17B … Continue reading

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Masterpiece in the Sky

Image credit & copyright: Goran Strand. On occasion, and if you live in a favorable location, you are given the opportunity to witness one of the greatest natural phenomenon offered to us here on Earth by the universe; the aurora. … Continue reading

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Ariane 5’s 1st Launch of 2019 Coming Up

Images credit & copyright: Arianespace/CNES. Launch Alert! Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 21:01 UTC (16:01 EST) Arianespace will launch their massive Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA247 carrying the HellasSat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 and GSAT 11 from Launch Site, Ensemble de … Continue reading

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Remembering Columbia and Crew

Images credit & copyright: NASA and the crew of STS-107 Columbia. “And for the whole time I was growing up, for as long as I can remember, any time anyone asked me what I wanted to be it was, “I … Continue reading

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Remembering Challenger and Crew

Images credit & copyright: NASA. “I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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Apollo One Remembered “Ad Astra Per Aspera”

Images & video credit & copyright: NASA. Many images and videos below. Ad Astra Per Aspera, or as it’s more commonly spoken, Per Aspera Ad Astra; “Through Hardship to the Stars.” “If we die, we want people to accept it. … Continue reading

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow Night!

Images and illustrations credit & copyright: Eclipse images are mine and illustrations are via Sky & Telescope. Head’s up! Sunday, January 20, (tomorrow night) and into the morning of Monday, January 21, 2019, the Earth will pass directly between the Sun … Continue reading

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